Everything you need to know
As Cardiff joins the rest of the UK in Lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and alleviate stress on the NHS, I thought it would be handy to create a post with a list of Cardiff-specific service information and advice to get us all through the coming months. I’ve complied information on changes to local essential services from waste collection to transport, a handy list of links if you’re looking to volunteer or offer help, where to look for help if you’re struggling, as well as a growing list of independent restaurants running takeaway and delivery services to keep the capital well-fed. 🙂
Changes to Local Services
From Wednesday the 25th of March, Cardiff Bus will be running a Sunday service every day of the week, except routes 1, 2, 65, 95 & H59. Find out more here.
In terms of local routes, Traveline Cymru has a brilliant list of all local bus and coach services and information on updated/ammended services right here.
From Monday 23rd March, Transport for Wales will be operating a reduced timetable across their network – operating a Sunday service 7 days a week. Find out more here. (They’ve also added additional services to support Key Workers).
From Monday the 23rd of March, Great Western Railway are running an updated timetable to prioritize key routes. The Cardiff Central to Paddington route is affected by these changes – you can check whether your train is running here. There are also full refunds available if you’ve decided not to travel due to Coronavirus.
Some flights are still running from Cardiff Airport, but you should check with your airline before turning up at the airport. Food and Drink Kiosks, as well as the Bureaux de Change and Executive Lounge are closed. Find out more here. (Also bear in mind that train and bus services to the airport might have changed – see above).
If you were panicing about the fact that your car is due for its MOT slap bang during the Covid-19 Lockdown (that’s me), then panic no more; if your car is due in for its MOT on or after the 30th of March then you’ve got a 6 month extention. However, you’ll still need to keep your car in good shape – the government is allowing garages to remain open. Read up about it right here.
Bulky items and Garden Waste Collections have been cancelled, and the recycling centres at Lamby Way and Bessemer Road are closed. You can find out more here.
Hubs, Community Centres and Libraries
From Wednesday the 25th of March only the St Mellons, Ely & Caerau, Powerhouse and Central Hub will be open. Access is by appointment only – find out more here.
Cardiff Central Library is open, but the opening hours have changed – read more here.
Children’s Playgrounds and Parks
Doctor Surgeries and Hospitals
A lot of GP Surgeries in Cardiff have cut down on routine appointments and services and are operating telephone screening services for patients. Unfortunately a lot of NHS Screening Services have been suspended (find out more here). Dental Checkups have also been affected.
*If you have either a new, continuous cough and/or a fever, you should self-isolate at home. If your symptoms deteriorate, call 111. Find out more here.
How to Help
If you’re looking to get involved and offer help and support during the Covid 19 pandemic, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities available – even if you’re self isolating.
As long as you’re over 18 and aren’t presenting any symptoms of Coronavirus then you can sign up to become an NHS Volunteer Responder right here. Even if you’re in an at risk group or are over 70, you can sign up and provide assistance over the phone.
Velindre Cancer Care in Whitchurch are also looking for Temporary Volunteers.
Cardiff Foodbank Volunteers
If you’re interested in signing up to help Banc Bwyd Caerdydd get essentials to those who need it most, then head here.
Cardiff Covid-19 Facebook Groups
If you’re looking to inform Cardiff’s residents about anything Covid 19-related, then check out these groups:
The Council’s Volunteer Cardiff page has plenty of information on how you can help out in your local community during the outbreak.
Volunteering Wales have a page set up with information on opportunities for volunteers during the outbreak.
Where to Get Help
If your job has been affected by Covid 19:
- The Government advice for Employees
- The Government advice for Businesses
- ACAS has a page full of information on employees rights
- The Guardian has a full article of Employment FAQs
- Information for Mothers on Maternity Leave
- The FSB has a page dedicated to offering advice for small businesses and those who are self-employed
*If you are currently claiming Job Seekers Allowance, you do not need to sign on until further notice.
If you’re “at risk” and self isolating:
- NHS Wales advice for those self-isolating
- Age Cymru’s Advice for those self-isolating
- At Risk and Vulnerable can register for government support here
- Groups Supporting Carers in and around Cardiff
- A helpful article on Wired with advice on how to prepare and set up over-70s and at risk groups for isolation
If you’re worried about money or looking for financial help:
- Citizens Advice have a page set up with information about financial help on offer
- NI Direct have a page set up with information about how Covid 19 is affecting various benefits.
- The national charity Turn2Us is still offering advice and support to those in financial difficulty
If you’re worried about your metal health:
- Every Mind Matters has a page devoted to Covid-19 and mental health
- Advice from The Samaritans
- Meic (a helpline for under 25s in Wales) has a page devoted to Coronavirus
- Heavy Mental Podcast did a whole episode on coping with anxiety during the Coronavirus Outbreak
- A Mindfulness Exercise from the Renal Psychology Team at Cardiff and Vale UHB
If you’re worried about your home/accomodation:
- Llamau are still offering support to young people who are either homeless and vulnerable at this time
- The Speakeasy are still offering free and impartial legal advice (over the phone only)
- Shelter have a whole page of advice for those worried about their home during the outbreak – from rent to mortgage payments
Food and Drink
Even though all restaurants in Cardiff are currently closed to diners, many are operating Takeaway services (some with offers available for NHS staff members), and many local greengrocers and markets are still trading.
Jane from Hungry City Hippy has written a blog post all about supporting Cardiff’s Foodie Scene during the Covid 19 outbreak.
Cardiff Market is still currently open from 8.00am to 3.30pm, however only for essential food supplies.
Riverside Markets are still running in Rhiwbina, Roath and Riverside – reserving the first hour for older and vulnerable customers. However the markets at St Fagans, Cardiff University and Cardiff MET are currently closed. Find out more here.
Restaurants with Takeaway services
- Wild Thing
- Dusty Knuckle (offering Takeaway Pizza and Pizza Kits)
- Chilli Basil (10% off Takeaway)
- Franks (launching delivery from Thursday 26th via Uber Eats)
- Greazy Vegan (via Uber Eats)
- Caffi Jam (are working on delivery packs for the vulnerable in isolation)
- Vegetarian Food Studio
- Big Moose
- The Tidy Kitchen Co (creating small batch meals for vulnerable customers and NHS workers)
- Oriel Jones (Click and Collect from Cardiff and Pontcanna stores)
- Holy Yolks
- Pettigrew Bakeries
*I’ll keep adding to this list as and when I hear about new delivery services
Things To Do During Lockdown
- The Cardiff Story are posting a daily tour of their collections
- No updates from Wales’ Museums, but plenty of articles on site
- Buzz Magazine are running a weekly update about “Culture in Quarantine” with postings of local online events
- Wednesday 1st of April: Connie Orff is hosting a Bilingual Drag Show
- Clwb Ifor Bach are running Sunday Sessions with Instagram Live Performances by local up and coming bands.
Home Schooling/Activities for Kids
- Tips for Home Schooling via Wales Online
- Thursday 2nd April: Cardiff Animation Nights is having a film screening online
- House 21 are hosting online workshops for bloggers
- Soulful Sunrise had a Friday Night Festival over on Instagram Live (hopefully there’ll be more!)
Obviously I’m going to keep updating and adding to this page as often as I hear of anything new. If there’s something I’ve missed or that you think should be added, let me know below! 👇👇👇